IHA Opioid Stewardship Symposium - March 9

Time: 9:00 AM


Naperville: Northern Illinois University
Springfield: Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation

The symposium will use videoconferencing to connect the two sites, will all speakers in Naperville.


There is no cost to attend.

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With opioids impacting cities and towns across Illinois, IHA’s Opioid Stewardship Symposium will empower clinicians to make a measurable impact on the epidemic in their own communities. This tactical workshop—focused on reducing risk across the care continuum—will bring together expert clinical leaders from Illinois, Washington, Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota to share best practices and outcomes of their innovative work. See our brochure for more details about the agenda and for speaker bios.


9 am — Welcome

9:10 am — Keynote Address

10 am — Surgical Strategies

10:50 am — Break

11 am — Opioid Management in Primary Care Clinics

11:45 am — Opioid Prescribing in a Large Healthcare Organization

12:30 pm — Lunch

1:15 pm — A Roadmap for Hospitals and Clinicians

2 pm — Panel Discussion: Engagement at the Organizational Level

3 pm — Break

3:15 pm — Partnerships on Medication-Assisted Treatment

4:15 pm — Closing Comments

4:30 pm — Adjourn



  • Apply effective clinical pain management guidelines that reduce the use and risk of opioids in several different areas of concentration such as:

    • Explain perioperative pain management with opioid sparing strategies to improve clinical outcomes on pain reduction, efficiency of care and patient satisfaction;

    • Identify outpatient treatment of acute and chronic pain that reduces the use of opioids and prevents red flag behaviors and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in the ambulatory setting.

    • Describe opitions for treatment of pain in the emergency department with Alternative to Opioids (ALTO) programs.

    • Review opioid stewardship management of patients with chronic pain with daily opioid use.

    • Develop medication-assisted treatment programs for patients with opioid use disorders.

  • Develop and integrate opioid stewardship best practices covered on the day as attendees will be provided with examples of the best practice guidelines, policies and/or order sets.

Who Should Attend

The symposium is designed for clinical leaders, physicians and advanced practice providers.


  • Keynote Speaker: Amy Bohnert, PhD, MHS, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medicine, and Research Investigator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Heather Bell, MD, Family Medicine, Prenatal, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, Minnesota

  • Diana C. Bottari, DO, FAAP, Lead Physician, Opioid Mitigation Strategies, Advocate Aurora Health, and Division Head, Pediatric Pain and Sedation, Advocate Children's Hospital, Park Ridge

  • Kurt DeVine, MD, Physician, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls, Minnesota

  • Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, Senior Investigator, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle

  • Don Stader, MD, FACEP, Associate Medical Director and Emergency Physician, Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colorado

  • Jonah J. Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

  • Edward J. Ward, MD, MPH, Vice Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago